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post #19 of 31

Hi Op.

 

Obviously it depends on how much time and effort you put into it. I'm personally loving golf since I started playing it, so I'm doing all I can to improve.

 

Been playing 2 years now (1 of which I joined a club and started to play to improve). I was playing every now and then last year, but this year (especially over the summer), I've been playing 9 holes during the week once and a full round of 18 at the weekend.

 

 My stats are as follows:

 

October 2012:        +28

March 2013:           +24

August 2013:          +24

September 2013:   +19

October 2013:        +16.7

 

 

Little chart below from the Howdidido.co.uk website that shows the changes recently:

 

 

 

The recent drop I put down to buying new equipment (having 4 wedges has helped my game a lot), working on my swing and actually practicing chipping and lots of putting.

post #20 of 31

49 years old - been playing 3 years now (about 100 rounds per year), following is progress in terms of average score by the end of each year:

 

1st year end - around 100

2nd year end - closing in on 90

3rd year end - usually shoot between 84-89.

 

Been in this slot the latter half of this year ... ball striking is pretty solid now, but am clearly stagnating.    For me to go much lower, it's going to come down to putting (for which I clearly have no natural aptitude) and perhaps most important - getting chips consistently closer so I don't have to rely on making 5-6 footers for par.      Overall, happy with my progress - things have come down when I realized that I can't afford any OB balls - focused on not over-swinging and keeping the ball in play (hitting way more hybrids /  3 woods off the tee on questionably tight fairways than driver).

post #21 of 31

I played hack golf w/ my buddies in college for about 2 years and then quit for about 15 years.  Took it back up in June of 2011.  Got my first cap in Feb of 2012 which was a 24.7.  Today it is 15.9. I've played about 40 rounds so far this year and try to get to the range regularly.  Also play the par 3 sometimes before work.  Also have had 5-10 lessons.

post #22 of 31

This time I've been at it about 17 months. When I started in April 2012 the best I could do was pick up on nearly every hole. After few months of practice and time on par 3 courses I starting keeping a handicap. By the time I had enough scores to calculate one I started at 26. With instruction, tracking stats and putting the work in and dropped somewhat steadily ending 2012 at 12.3. I had high hopes for 2013, I believed playing down to 12 in less than a year was better than average. However I had a lot of previous golf experience despite more than decade away. The start of 2013 didn't go as planned and I bounced around in the 12-14 range. With more instruction, several fittings and a change to 2013 equipment I started trending down again a few months ago. At this point I feel stuck so I plan to spend the winter getting back to disciplined practice rather than playing. Looking back I see differences in how I play now compared to just a few months ago. Expectations change as you trend down. I still make a lot of bogeys but the difference is I see how it could have been avoided rather than feeling fortunate I got up and down to save it. Confidence is huge for me. Being able to stand on the tee believing par is out there changed the way I play.

post #23 of 31

 Just months from 12-15 or so to 6.

 

1 year from 6 to 4.5

 

1 year from 4.5 to 3.8 

post #24 of 31
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 Just months from 12-15 or so to 6.

 

1 year from 6 to 4.5

 

1 year from 4.5 to 3.8

 

Wow - thats the biggest jump in the shortest time I've heard of ... can you give us the secret of your success in dropping from a 12-15 hcp to 6 in a matter of months ?     I thought I was doing decent dropping from 19 to 15 in a year - even that took tons of work ...

post #25 of 31
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Wow - thats the biggest jump in the shortest time I've heard of ... can you give us the secret of your success in dropping from a 12-15 hcp to 6 in a matter of months ?     I thought I was doing decent dropping from 19 to 15 in a year - even that took tons of work ...

I really don't think anything of it because it was not my end goal.  @iacas knows of students who have improved much faster than I did.  I also did not really do anything other than just start playing.  I started playing 2-3 times per week and going to the range 1-2 times a week verses just playing once a month or so before.  I just think that playing more had a big impact right away, then it became much harder from there.    I read some things and tried to look for tips as well, that is how I ended up on this site.

post #26 of 31
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Started playing Golf since three months. After one month of range and short game practice scored 98 on my first round. This month last 8 rounds have scored an average 87 , being a hockey player may have helped. Currently 32 years old and am wondering if I practice everyday how soon can I be a scratch golfer?

There is no way for one answer to fit all. Certainly a 32 year old with natural athletic ability who gets regular decent instruction and who has the discipline and resources to practice every day should be able to become a pretty darn good golfer over the course of the next year or so. However, getting to be a scratch golfer may never happen, or so I believe. Real scratch golfers are a rare breed.

Doesn't mean you can't of course. But I would suggest setting an intermediate goal of 6 - 8 handicap. That puts you pretty solid into the "good golfer" category and from there you can probably better evaluate what you need to do to shave off those last strokes.
post #27 of 31

I've been playing for 2 seasons. I'm definitely striking the ball better than when I started, but my handicap remains around a 28 and hasn't really changed.  I lose tremendous numbers of strokes due to a bad short game that's not improving as well as suboptimal course management.

 

I've recently become very frustrated that my h-cap is unchanged over 2 years despite lessons, semi-regular play and practice. It's gotten to the point where I often think about quitting and finding something else to occupy my time. Seriously.

post #28 of 31
Well I started playing golf in March this year and in my first medal comp in April I carded 116! To be honest I really didn't have a clue what I was doing and didn't even know what a Medal Competition was when I signed in with the starter!

I then scratched around in various competitions, improving but not getting the handicap down!

Then in the August medal comp I got to the 17th tee on a gross 80, having so far played the epic round of my life and eyeing up not only my first sub 100 BUT my first sub 90 round.

Sadly Real Life (tm) intruded on my epic round and 20 shots later I carded my lowest medal round of 100 but more importantly I also achieved my first handicap cut :)

The next day I played in a stableford comp and scored 38 points and got another massive handicap cut down to 27.2! I was over the moon :)

Last Sunday I played in my last medal comp for the year and carded a 99 but it was the old woulda, coulda, shoulda as I had three 8's on the par 4's and a 6 on one of the par 3's and three 3 putts!

So over the course of the summer I shaved off nearly 20 shots so next year my goal is more control and to consistently score in the mid to low 90's and to get my handicap down towards 20.

The problem I have is the disastrous blow up holes that always seem to come in sets of three or four! I've had a couple lessons which have helped and in also trying to play smarter and think more about course management as my home course isn't long (6300yards off the white tees) but most of the holes will punish you harshly if you end up in the wrong place!

Finally driving distance. My best is 345 yards, which ended up in the centre of the fairway! Sadly my worst is only a couple yards which happens more regularly than I care for!

Regards

Mailman
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by Artimas View Post
 

I've been playing for 2 seasons. I'm definitely striking the ball better than when I started, but my handicap remains around a 28 and hasn't really changed.  I lose tremendous numbers of strokes due to a bad short game that's not improving as well as suboptimal course management.

 

I've recently become very frustrated that my h-cap is unchanged over 2 years despite lessons, semi-regular play and practice. It's gotten to the point where I often think about quitting and finding something else to occupy my time. Seriously.

 

Sound's like you know exactly what needs fixing.

 

There are many thousands of golfers that get a lot of pleasure just hacking their way around the course on Saturday drinking beers with their buddies.  There's nothing wrong with that, and it sounds better to me than just quitting, though there are other things you can do to entertain yourself if you don't want to play golf any more.  Semi-regular play and practice probably won't take you but just so far.  You have to decide if that is far enough.  However, the short game is something you can fix if you choose, and good course management is mostly about avoiding trouble, and going ahead and taking your medicine once you are in trouble rather than trying stupid hero shots to make up for the last one.

post #30 of 31

Keeping my tee shots in bound and learning to be patient with chips and putts.  Getting up and down lowered my HCP the most.  I went from around 25 to 18 by keeping my tee shots more in bounds and shaved a ton more off as soon as I learned how important that greenside chip is.

 

Edit: And I STILL suck!!

post #31 of 31

I was the first golfer in my immediate family, and played with an odd mix of clubs during gradeschool (early 1960s). Had a wooden-shafted 5i in the bag, and other eras too. Always shot above 100.

 

Halfway through high school I finally had a set of modern (for then) R-flex irons and woods. Summer after senior year I broke 90 for the first time. In junior and senior year, dropped about 12 strokes. Also, it took me until late high school before I was really big enough to use men's clubs. (Wasn't on HS team, just played).

 

Coming out of military several years later, I dropped more strokes, shot 77 twice, and often scored in the low 80s. Starting in my mid-30s, scores have crept back upward.

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